Archive for Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Senate overrides coal-plant veto

April 30, 2008


— The Kansas Senate today overrode Gov. Kathleen Sebelius' veto of a bill that would authorize the construction of two coal-fired electric power plants.

The vote was 32-7, which was more than the two-thirds majority needed to override the veto.

The action now turns to the House where it will take 84 votes in the 125-member chamber to override. A vote in the House is possible later today.

State Sen. Marci Francisco, D-Lawrence, voted to support Sebelius, while state Sen. Roger Pine, R-Lawrence, voted to override her veto.

Earlier today, Sebelius defied legislative leaders and rejected an alternative proposal for the project.

"I am disappointed that, for the third time in a row, the Legislature is asking me to mandate that Kansas send the power we need -- the power we create -- to Colorado and Texas," Sebelius said during a news conference.

House Speaker Melvin Neufeld, R-Ingalls, and Senate President Steve Morris, R-Hugoton, said Sebelius' decision would trigger veto override votes.

"We'll proceed," with a veto override, Nefueld said after he and Morris met with Sebelius.

The dispute is over a project by Hays-based Sunflower Power Electric Corp. and two out of state partners to build two coal burning plants in southwest Kansas.

Sebelius has rejected two bills that would authorize construction of the two 700-megawatt plants. She has cited concerns about carbon dioxide emissions, linked to climate change, escalating costs of coal-fired plants, and the fact that 85 percent of the power would be sold to out of state customers.

Sunflower Power offered to reduce the project to two 600-megawatt plants, and Neufeld and Morris demanded that Sebelius accept the offer or they would initiate override votes.

But Sebelius continued to criticize the deal, noting it would also strip the power of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment secretary and put regulatory permitting in the hands of the Legislature.

"The ultimatum I have been given contains all these problems, and would surely send our state in the wrong direction," she said.


OnlyTheOne 9 years, 9 months ago

Well, I know a few people on my "do-not-reelect-list."That definitely includes you Roger!

JSpizias 9 years, 9 months ago

Good for the Senate! Let's hope that common sense will now prevail also in the House. China is building the eqivalent of two Holcomb plants a week. Recently, Italy decided to build new coal-fired plants that would increase its coal powered generation from 14 to 33 percent. France is helping Britain build new nuclear plants and will then take the technology to the rest of the world. Perhaps as Freeman Dyson notes in an essay at the US can become virtuous."It is at least a possibility to be seriously considered, that China could become rich by burning coal, while the United States could become environmentally virtuous by accumulating topsoil, with transport of carbon from mine in China to soil in America provided free of charge by the atmosphere, and the inventory of carbon in the atmosphere remaining constant. We should take such possibilities into account when we listen to predictions about climate change and fossil fuels."

pusscanthropus 9 years, 9 months ago

Where can I sign up to campaign AGAINST Roger Pine in the next election?

1029 9 years, 9 months ago

must......not.....go.....against.....the....ideology.....and.....must...override...the...veto....even...though....any....educated....globally-aware, We are doing good, God, we are doing good for you.

gr 9 years, 9 months ago

"China is building the eqivalent of two Holcomb plants a week."Using Sebel's spin on casinos, we better hurry up and use our coal or China will.Anyone notice how first it was because of imaginary pollution (CO2), then it's because Kansas exports products, and now it's looking like "two out of state partners" (ooooh, she's against homosexuals) that maybe she doesn't like.

jasonc_22 9 years, 9 months ago

see sense, republicans! let the veto stand!

KS 9 years, 9 months ago

Way to go, Senate. Now to the House. I agree with GM cars in Kansas.............etc.

tubassoon 9 years, 9 months ago

Thanks to Marci for supporting the authority of the KDHE, and Gov. Sebelius. Mr. Pine and the other 31 senate members in favor of the override need to wake up to the future and realize we can bring in just as much revenue from wind generated power with little impact on the environment.

gr 9 years, 9 months ago

Babble Boy: "we could test your theory on immaginary polluition and put you in a room for a day full CO2 emmissions and see how well you fare:"That's your problem - you don't understand that instance, CO2 is not harmful, but the lack of oxygen. In case you can't make any sense out of that, how about putting you in a room full of H2O and see how well you fare. Next thing we know, you'll be thinking water is "imaginary" pollution.Just hope you wacko-liberals are happy to play a part in destroying rain forests to your detriment of no HIV cure. If it wasn't for clearing rainforests to grow food or corn for ethanol for your CO2 craze, they wouldn't be making charcoal out of certain trees which may have all kinds of medicinal properties.

ralphralph 9 years, 9 months ago

Clean. Safe. Dependable. Nuclear.Build Wolf Creek Unit #2. Start now.We don't really want to be using coal, and wind just isn't there ... not yet, maybe not ever, as far as reliability. for you "W" fans, that's 'Nuke-you-lur.'

David Albertson 9 years, 9 months ago

Wind is free and clean. I would support a sales tax to pay for the contruction of the power lines.

conservativepunker 9 years, 9 months ago

Hehe...outstanding. Can't wait til the house overrides, once again showing Slobelius that the people know what they want, and are going to get it, First, Concealed Carry, then the Class III bill, now Coal plants. Wonderful!

conservativepunker 9 years, 9 months ago

Remember when the hippies were all for "No Nukes"? LOL

1029 9 years, 9 months ago

Republicans like to see people suffer and they like to see society decline. The faster the world ends, the faster they'll get to be beside that mythical god their simple minds find so much comfort in worshipping. Breed on, rural republicans. Now there will be more great jobs for your genius offspring. Hopefully, reality's liberal bias will become too hard to deny. I also hope that college becomes more affordable for more families and that more people are able to afford to travel to other parts of the world.

jlw53 9 years, 9 months ago

Why all the angst? The important vote is still to come. Where can I sign up to support Pine and the opponent of Marci. Common sense does need to prevail. Wind is not close to feasible for much more than a very small portion and nuclear is, but too many fear what is now very preventable in the way of accidents. Why can the very liberal France use many and we are so against them???

sinedie 9 years, 9 months ago

"BABBOY (Anonymous) says:Logic frequently beats be me to the punch. The conservative Senate was a formality."The Senate is usually the more moderate of the two chambers. They're the ones who typically block nutty policy initiatives (most recently sustaining the Governor's veto on SB 389). I think there was just a great deal of agreement there on this particular issue.The House did not attempt an override today, which confirms what many people already suspected: the votes are not there. This is really bad news for Sunflower. They risk losing their out of state partners and thus the project. If there is not a swift resolution in the next month, there will probably be no plant expansion.

snowWI 9 years, 9 months ago

IGW,No, even those rural areas are not as conservative as other rural areas of the state. How can we tell if the majority of them are moderates or conservatives?

David Albertson 9 years, 9 months ago

Those rural people may be conservative, but that doesn't mean they're stupid. This is not a Left vs. Right issue. Believe it or not some conservatives believe in conserving the environment.

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